MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- One of the great things about scandals is that we get to laugh at those in power and say, “How could they be so stupid? Even I know better than to try that.” So if the C-I-A director, and his biographer, and an F-B-I agent, and his girlfriend, plus another four-star general, can’t seem to keep their e-mail straight, what hope is there for the rest of us?
So let’s see if can figure out how all these high-powered people messed up so badly, and why, maybe, we aren’t so different after all.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- One of the newest buzz words going around these days is “big data,” the idea that organizations are collecting more and more information about all of us. These organizations include businesses, the government, and, every election cycle, political parties.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- As the election winds down many people will be cheering the end of campaign ads, slogans, banners, posters and other election paraphernalia. But in two years it will be time for another round of Congressional elections and all that entails.
But you know what, maybe all of the time and money spent on election posturing isn’t so bad, especially compared with restrictions in place in China in the face of this week’s upcoming party congress.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Life used to be so much easier when “freedom of the press” just meant newspapers. Then came movies, radio, advertising and television, and things got a little confusing. The Internet added some more mystification. But blogs and bloggers? Well, now we’re talking a whole new level of bewilderment.
I have to start with a confession or disclosure or whatever the politically correct term is: I have personally met both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Not just some quick meet-and-greet, but some real, honest-to-goodness, hang-out-together time.
Well, maybe it was only four or five hours. And I really don’t think they remember when and where and why we met. But I do, and I have the pictures to prove it.
So when I heard that presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to fire my good friend Big Bird, well, you can understand why I was so upset.